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Walk to School

Our Walk to School programme encourages you to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school with your child/children.

Walking to school benefits pupils, parents, the school and the local community in a variety of ways:

  • It develops pedestrian and road safety skills
  • Reduces traffic congestion around the school gates – no more fighting for the last parking space
  • It saves time – it’s often quicker to walk (even a little bit) than to sit in traffic!
  • Pupils arrive at school more alert and on time
  • Less car emissions means improved air quality
  • It promotes moderate physical exercise.

If you’d like to give it a go, the following schemes will provide you with some ideas of how to get started and useful resources to download.

Every October is International Walk to School Month. Why not set yourself a challenge to walk your child/children to and from school for as many days as possible during October. You can download the weekly record sheets (.pdf) to record their journeys to school.

Some schools arrange a Walk to School event during walk to school week. If you would like your school to participate, why not speak to them and encourage them to organise an event. Alternatively, you could use Walk to School Week to walk your child/children to walk to school each day. Of course you don’t have to just walk them during that one week of the year, you could set a challenge to walk to school for a week each term/half term or more. You can download the weekly record sheets (.pdf) to record their journeys to school.

Why not set your child/children a challenge to walk to school at least once a week for a whole term or even the whole school year. Why not download the record card (.pdf) to track your child’s progress on their challenge to walk to school once a week.

If you live too far away from the school to walk the whole journey, why not park away and walk the last 5/10 minutes? This will assist with keeping the school gates clear of congestion at the beginning and end of the school day.

The Which Way Today Challenge is a week-long class versus class competition run in schools to see which class can ‘Step’ away the furthest from your school during specially designated ‘Which Way Today’ weeks.

Starting at the nearest landmark on the Which Way Today map (.pdf) to your school, each child will be able to colour in a footstep (or two) on the map every time he or she travels to school by foot, on a bicycle, using public transport, car sharing with other children or parks and strides*. The winning class will be the one that colours in the most footsteps per pupil and gets the furthest around Carmarthenshire, in one week. *park and stride = parking at least 5-10mins away from the school, and safely walking the rest of the journey).

Dates for your diary

  • National Walking Month: 1st – 31st May 2017
  • Walk to school Week: 15th – 19th May 2017
  • International Walk to School Month: 1st – 31st October 2017

Don't forget to download your record sheets and which way today map!

Why not share your Walk to School stories by tagging us in your social media posts and using #Walk2SchoolCarms on Facebook @CarmarthenshireRoadSafety Twitter @CarmsRoadSafety and Instagram @CarmarthenshireRoadSafety.

Page updated on: 24/04/2017

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